Summary: How do we describe God? Omnipotent? Omniscient? Omnipresent? Great! But how does that APPLY to our everyday experience? How can understanding these theological truths impact the way we live day by day? This sermon was written to challenge people to
A Grander View of God
"For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward" Deut. 10:17
"The LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, powerful, and awe-inspiring God. He never plays favorites and never takes a bribe." God’s Word
Any portrait or description that we can paint of God will be incomplete, and woefully inadequate. To capture all of who He is would be an exercise in futility. He is beyond description!
What we do know is what God has revealed to us about Himself. His Word gives us certain insights into His nature and attributes.
Four blindfolded men were asked to describe an elephant. One got ahold of its tail and said "an elephant is like a rope!" Another wrapped his arms around a leg and said "no, an elephant is like a tree!" The third had come in contact with an ear and said "you’re both wrong, an elephant is like a leaf" while the fourth, having seized upon the trunk, insisted "you’re all crazy, an elephant is like a snake!"
What we all need is to take a step back, and with our eyes opened, and see just how big the elephant really is.
We need to get the IMAX view of God. God is not a small scale god. He is not a 19" flat screen. He is High Definition! He is larger than life! In fact, He IS life, and without Him there can be no life!
There are attributes of God that we never really get ahold of. We understand them theologically, but not practically. We believe in the attribute, but fall short in the application.
We know that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, but what does that mean in my life?
A. God is the Creator
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen 1:1
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Job 26:7
How can this theological truth be applied to my life?
"And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is" Acts 4:24
They appealed to God’s creativity in their crisis. The God who creates is creative. He can solve your problem. He is the ultimate troubleshooter. He is the quintessential tech support analyst.
To create means to make something out of NOTHING.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. " Psalm 51:10
B. God is Eternal
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:2
God created US in His image. We have a beginning, to be true. We are created beings, God is not. But the fact remains, God built us to last. We were made to live for ever.
A God who exists in eternity designed mankind to live with Him in eternity.
We are so often captivated by our sense of time. Schedules demand so much of our lives. It’s easy to get into a rut. A preacher once said, "a rut is nothing more than a grave with both sides kicked out."
We need to get an eternal perspective. Life can be represented by a dot, eternity by a line that goes on without end. It is amazzing that we live so often for the dot, and not for the line.
But make no mistake, our line of eternity will be determined by what we do in the dot!
Someone once said...
"Most people have no idea what to do with this life, yet they want another one that will last for ever"
C. God is Omnipresent
Omni means “all” therefore God is “everywhere present”
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” Jer. 23:24
“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span” Isa. 40:12
God knows where you are. You are never going to be in a place where you are going to have to wait for God to show up!
The philosophical statement is ofetn made, "wherever you go, there you are." Big deal! Wherever I was, I am no longer. But how great a truth it is, that wherever I go, He is there! Wherever I was, He is there! Wherever I am going, He is already there!